Treadwell Hosts Nation’s Lieutenant Governors
July 28, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell hosted 10 of the nation’s lieutenant governors in Girdwood last week for the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual meeting.
The conference theme was Alaska’s contribution to the U.S. economy and national security, and presentations focused on ways other states could be a part of the large growth expected in Arctic shipping, tourism, and energy development.
“Development in Alaska creates jobs across America,” Treadwell said. “We have a big story to tell about the opening of new shipping routes in the Arctic, the opportunities of a gas pipeline, and the need for over $100 billion of investment in oilfields onshore and off – and my colleagues heard it.
“I think we won support for opening ANWR, exploring the Outer Continental Shelf, and building icebreakers to take advantage of Arctic opportunities.”
Local experts addressing the group included Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, U.S. Coast Guard; Admiral Tom Barrett, Alyeska Pipeline; Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Alaskan Command; Brig. Gen. Ro Bailey, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration; Pat Yack, Alaska Public Radio Network; and Dr. Tom Nighswander, Alaska Telehealth Advisory Council.
“The lieutenant governors enjoyed in-depth discussion and learning on energy and the emerging economic and security role of the Arctic during our time in Alaska,” said Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, and the NLGA chair.
Lieutenant governors in attendance included Nancy Wyman (CT), Raymond Tenorio (GU), Kim Reynolds (IA), Sue Ellspermann (IN), Jay Dardenne (LA), Brian Krolicki (NV), Matt Michels (SD), Spencer Cox (UT), and Brad Owen (WA).
NLGA provides a forum for the exchange of research and best practices for lieutenant governors of all 50 states, as well as the U.S. territories.